Last updated: 5 November, 2012

“In the case of Syria, the United Nations has let the world down”

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday lashed out at the United Nations for its failure to take a strong stance against the Syrian regime, insisting that embattled President Bashar al-Assad must go.

“I think in the case of Syria, the United Nations has let the world down,” Cameron said during a visit to the United Arab Emirates.

“Like-minded countries like our two countries (Britain and the UAE) should go on working together to try to see what more can we do to help the Syrian people throw off this brutal dictator who’s murdering so many,” Cameron told students at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

“You know that Bashar al-Assad cannot possibly stay running his country… He has to go,” he added.

Russia and China have repeatedly vetoed UN Security Council resolutions threatening action against the regime of Assad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 36,000 people have died since the uprising against Assad’s rule broke out in March 2011, first as a protest movement inspired by the Arab Spring and then as an armed rebellion.